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This Happened — June 8: Napalm Girl Photograph

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On this day in 1972, photographer Nick Ut captured the devastating impact of the Vietnam War on innocent civilians, particularly children. The girl in the photo is Kim Phuc, a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl, running naked and severely burned from a napalm attack.

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What happened to Kim Phuc after the Napalm Girl photograph was taken?

Kim Phuc suffered severe burns from the napalm attack captured in the photograph. She underwent multiple surgeries and endured a long recovery process. Eventually, she sought asylum in Canada and later became a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for peace and supporting organizations aiding child victims of war.

How did the "Napalm Girl" photograph change the Vietnam War?

The "Napalm Girl" photograph played a significant role in shaping public opinion and awareness of the Vietnam War. The shocking and graphic nature of the image, along with its widespread circulation, contributed to a shift in public sentiment against the war and increased pressure on governments to seek a peaceful resolution.

What is the historical legacy of the "Napalm Girl" photograph?

The "Napalm Girl" photograph remains an iconic and enduring work of war photography, a symbol of the human suffering caused by war. It has become a powerful representation of the need for compassion, peace, and the protection of innocent lives during armed conflicts.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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